Genre-less pure metal: 1982 Metallica, covering Iron Maiden, with Cronos singing.
Totally generic but awesome satanic Sabbath riff-worship.
Greek satanic death metal opera.
The most pot-informed Guru you’ll ever meet.
The death metal QueensrŸche of 2011.
Best non-posing death metal album of the year: pure metal fury.
Sepultura on Crossfit: death/thrash athletes.
Straight-ahead no-nonsense death/grind.
12: In Solitude, The World The Flesh The Devil
The Ghost for this year; 1980s European heavy metal.
Crazy screaming southern street preachers, preaching doom.
Innovative, creative psychedelic doom blues.
Drone masters return with a pure sheer weight and power that doesn’t rely on aggression.
Industrial black metal– the sound of foul things best left undisturbed.
Crushing D-beat crust doom with RIFFS: Entombed, even further detuned, if they grew up on Agnostic Front, the Cro-Mags… and Candlemass and St. Vitus.
The modern shaman, summoning the spirits of the All World with riffs of doom.
Son of Godflesh and Crowbar– the sludge blues of major depression.
Grindcore supergroup goes (well) through their Dark Angel phase– fast and aggressive as fuck.
Beautiful, swelling, continually growing and changing punked-out grindcore: funhouse-mirror metal.
Progressive/death/mathcore thrash metal: the most most genres in one album this year– where all of them mesh perfectly.
The New New Thing– what Coltrane and Dolphy were to jazz critics in the 50s, this beautiful grindcore work of art is to metal.